07 Aug '18, 11am

#TuesdayThoughts Fitbits and fitness-tracking devices banned for deployed troops

#TuesdayThoughts Fitbits and fitness-tracking devices banned for deployed troops

Deployed service members will no longer be allowed to use fitness tracking apps or other wearable technology that relies on geolocation, according to a new Pentagon policy announced Monday. The devices, which service members use to track the distance and time they have exercised, can expose locations of bases and important facilities based on where the geo-tracking stops. In January the data firm Strava released a heat map based on user data which revealed the locations and pathways of military installations around the globe, prompting a Defense Department review. New Pentagon rules will limit some cellphone use Defense secretary stops short of banning smart devices in the building after a security breach in January prompted a review. By: Tara Copp The new policy announced Monday is the latest effort to reduce risks to operational security based on personal electronic devi...

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